When fiction becomes fact

Wed, 10/25/2006 - 21:45

Here is an article about a book that I think I will read (great for a rainy weekend)...

"The Yale Book of Quotations" has a simple thesis: famous quotes are often misquoted and misattributed. Sometimes they are never said at all but are, instead, little fictions that have forged their way into public consciousness.

Reuter's Article by Arthur Spiegelman: New book takes humbug out of quotations

The book discusses numerous famous quotes and their true historical origins, many of which did not come the popular authors. It appears to be an interesting look not just on facts, which I love to read about, but more importantly how time and social situations can alter historical fact to the point that fiction is the historical fact.

For instance NASA audio engineers have recently proven that the famous moon landing speech was in fact delivered correctly... "one small step for A man". Makes you wonder how many other facts are only facts because everyone says that they are?

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